I am writing in response to Edward Cheney’s letter inquiring about the Frederick News Post’s bio of me in which they printed that I “retired” from the Air Force after serving from 1998-2002. I emailed the Frederick News Post my bio, which states, that I served in the Air Force from 1998 until 2002. Unfortunately, the Frederick News Post added on their own the word “retired.”
I am left to assume a person unfamiliar with what that distinction means for military veterans added this portion. If you look at my campaign website www.houghforsenate.com or my official bio on http://msa.maryland.gov/ you will notice it is listed correctly that I simply served, but did not retire. Even though I did not retire from the military, I am proud of my service and always list it on my biographies.
During my four years in the military I was a Minuteman III technician and held a top-secret security clearance. My family has a long tradition of serving in the military and my great grandfather died fighting in World War II. We display his flag and purple hearts in our home so his sacrifice will not be forgotten. One of the reasons I ran for office in the first place is because I believe that the freedoms are young men and woman are fighting for abroad, are worth fighting for here at home.